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Looking for a Lost Recipe?

By March 3, 2010

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Balkan Kifle Cookies
Balkan Kifle Cookies
Monica Rogers, LostRecipesFound, used with permission.
Are you like me? Searching, searching for that elusive recipe, that elusive flavor memory from your childhood? Well, mine is Goldblatt's cheesecake.

Goldblatt's was a chain of stores featuring affordable merchandise and operating in the Midwest until 2000. Their basement deli was phenomenal, and the aroma preceded the cheese counter. As a child, I wrinkled my nose at that pungency but, today, I'd be all over those imported cheeses.

Another item I'd love to experience again was the cheesecake. It had a dark, thin base and light, spongy, not-so-sweet cheese layer topped with more dark crumbs. I've tried many recipes that promised to be the real magilla but, no, they're just not the same.

That's why I'm delighted with Monica Rogers' LostRecipesFound. The site seeks to find recipes from restaurants that closed long ago, old-fashioned sweets and stews, fridge cakes from the '40s, vintage cocktails and more. Before posting reader-submitted finds to the site, Rogers tests, photographs and writes about them.

There's no lack of humor on the site. She features Better Left Lost recipes -- a cache of dubious dishes such as the Corned Beef Gelatin salad!

Best of all, the Chicago-based freelance writer has access to all the old Marshall Field's recipes! Many cooks of Eastern European heritage are looking for recipes they can only spell phonetically. Maybe you can help!

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